Our meetings are held in an atmosphere that is warm and friendly. Anyone who has lost a family member or friend is invited to attend, free of charge, no prior registration necessary.
We begin our meetings by reciting our non-sectarian affirmation of love and courage. Survivors are invited to share their feelings or to just listen. Feelings shared are kept confidential and discussed only within the confines of the group meeting.
Our SOSL Support Groups provide a comfortable, non-threatening setting to share your experiences and thoughts. Or you may just want to listen. But being with those who have had a similar experience, who can understand in a special way, is a gift the group shares with one another, a gift that may not be available elsewhere.
Questions are encouraged to assist in coping with the different stages of the grieving process and with the feelings that are particularly intense in the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide, such as: confusion, anger, rage, shame, shock, guilt, denial, disbelief and, for some, relief.
The current issue of the newsletter, Hope & Comfort, is available as well as helpful articles on bereavement and healing. At some of the meetings, survivors share information about a book on suicide or grief they have recently read. The discussion that follows provides insight and promotes healing through understanding.
We end our discussion sessions by relating something positive that has recently taken place or something we are looking forward to. We always seek to end on an encouraging note. The sharing of the joys as well as the sorrows is promoted in the group. We offer a safe place to come talk and share – please join us.
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